Zachary A. Pestine focuses his practice on municipal liability defense and civil rights litigation. Mr. Pestine has significant experience in municipal liability litigation, and has delivered oral arguments and won motions to dismiss in civil rights and employment law suits.
Mr. Pestine practices both in federal and state court. His federal court practice includes successful opposition to a plaintiff’s motion for class certification in an American Disabilities Act (ADA) case against a municipality and its sheriff’s office. Mr. Pestine demonstrated that there was not sufficient “commonality” among putative class members. Mr. Pestine also won a motion to dismiss in federal court in an employment law suit in which a former police officer sued under the First Amendment, among other claims. Mr. Pestine demonstrated that the officer spoke pursuant to official job duties and thus was not afforded constitutional protection.
Mr. Pestine earned his J.D. cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2016, where he focused on civil rights litigation, including municipal liability and employment law. A proud Badger, he graduated with distinction from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013.
Mr. Pestine is also an active member of the Chicago Bar Association and is an Associate Board Member of the Anti-Defamation League, where he is a Co-Chair of the Next Gen Committee.